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A look at the Lakers' depth chart

October 29, 2012|By Eric Pincus
  • Dwight Howard flexes as he and Pau Gasol wait to take photographs during media day.
Dwight Howard flexes as he and Pau Gasol wait to take photographs during… (Reed Saxon / Associated…)

Lakers Coach Mike Brown said he reserves the right to adjust his rotation throughout the season.

Heading into the opening week, the Lakers have a total of 15 players.

The starting lineup is clear: Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard.

Nash will be backed up by Steve Blake with sparse minutes going to Chris Duhon and Darius Morris. It will be up to Blake keep that position over his fellow point guards.

Bryant also has three backups. Brown has alternated between Jodie Meeks and Devin Ebanks, but it appears Meeks will start Tuesday night's game against the Dallas Mavericks. Rookie Darius Johnson-Odom, an undersized two-guard, will probably be on the inactive roster most nights.

Both Antawn Jamison and Ebanks back up Peace. Bryant may also log some minutes at the three.

Brown said he intends to leave at least Gasol or Howard on the floor at all times (as much as possible and/or necessary). Jordan Hill is the third big, but rookie Robert Sacre will also be available, when the team needs more of a true center.

Earl Clark remains out indefinitely with a strained groin, but may be on the outside of the rotation once healed.

Sacre and Johnson-Odom are on non-guaranteed contracts while the remaining 13 are locked in for the season.

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You can email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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